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Cook County to pay $55.3 million to settle jail strip search case
Chicago Tribune ^ | Nov 16 2010 | Chicago Tribune

Posted on 11/25/2010 11:25:09 AM PST by NoLibZone

Taxpayers must cover most of a $55.3 million settlement approved Tuesday by Cook County to compensate as many as 250,000 people who were strip searched at the county jail, often in mass lineups and even if they were detained for charges as minor as traffic violations.

Some of the degrading practices – included strip searches of dozens of men at a time--continued until 2009, years after the county paid out $6.8 million for a similar case filed by women, lawyers for the plaintiffs said.

“It was insanity for people . . . to assume that you could do one thing to females and get sued, but you could do the same thing to males and not get sued,” said Commissioner Earlean Collins, D-Chicago.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has defended strip searches as necessary for jail security, while working to improve the procedures.

But that was not the case for as many as 250,000 people—most of them men—who were searched between Jan. 30, 2004 and March 19, 2009, when the last of the machines went on-line.

The many lawyers in the case will get $15 million of the settlement money, Driscoll said. The rest will go into the fund to compensate former detainees.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: airportsecurity; janetnapolitano; tsa; tsapervs

1 posted on 11/25/2010 11:25:13 AM PST by NoLibZone
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To: NoLibZone
Inmates must not be searched.

Children and grandparents at airports no problem!

We all pay a heavy price to buy votes for democrats.

2 posted on 11/25/2010 11:28:17 AM PST by NoLibZone (Homosexuals oppose diversity.)
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To: NoLibZone

and tell me how much TSA and JNapi will be fined??????????


3 posted on 11/25/2010 11:30:04 AM PST by OregonPatriot2010
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To: NoLibZone

They were just practicing to be TSA agents.


4 posted on 11/25/2010 11:34:29 AM PST by Merlinator (Don't retreat....just reload.)
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To: NoLibZone
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has defended strip searches as necessary for jail security, while working to improve the procedures.

No comment regarding the TSA is necessary.


5 posted on 11/25/2010 11:38:22 AM PST by Conservative Tsunami
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To: NoLibZone
even if they were detained for charges as minor as traffic violations.

And what crime are these people at airports being charged with?

These are American TAXPAYING CITIZENS who have rights against illegal searches and I can't think of a more blatant violation of the US Constitution in recent memory.

6 posted on 11/25/2010 11:40:49 AM PST by HeartlandOfAmerica (Obama and the Dem Congress will spend $5 trillion every year of his presidency until they break US!)
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To: NoLibZone
Great!

Taxpayers are now going to pay $50 million to the Lawyers, and the Plaintiffs will each recieve a $10 off coupon towards their next parking ticket.

Is this a great country, or what?

What fine was given to the ACTUAL PARTIES (the cops who did the search)? Answer: NONE....they don't have deep pockets.

7 posted on 11/25/2010 11:43:08 AM PST by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: NoLibZone
The supposed differential here is that supposedly airline passengers are voluntarily going through the strip searches, vs inmates who had no choice.

No one forces someone to get into a checkpoint line that has been set up between the entrance to the airport and the boarding ramps for airplanes, and apparently, revoking the voluntary aspect comes with a 11 thousand dollar fine.

Somehow, I don't think a judge is really going to be amused if this ever comes before a bench to decide.

8 posted on 11/25/2010 11:44:58 AM PST by kingu (Favorite Sticker: Lost hope, and Obama took my change.)
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To: NoLibZone

“The many lawyers in the case will get $15 million of the settlement money, Driscoll said. The rest will go into the fund to compensate former detainees.”

Follow the money. Bet it doesn’t get to very many ‘former detainees’.


9 posted on 11/25/2010 11:44:58 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: NoLibZone
Taxpayers must cover most of a $55.3 million settlement approved Tuesday by Cook County to compensate as many as 250,000 people who were strip searched at the county jail, often in mass lineups and even if they were detained for charges as minor as traffic violations.

Let me guess, every single person up to the county commissioners who was involved in this has lost their job and lost every iota of their pensions because of their misuse of power in the public arena.

10 posted on 11/25/2010 11:51:55 AM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: traditional1

The actual parties - including whoever authorized this - should effing be in jail for violation of civil rights under color of law.

Until that starts happening, this cr@p won’t stop.


11 posted on 11/25/2010 12:01:17 PM PST by piytar (0's idea of power: the capacity to inflict unlimited pain and suffering on another human being. 1984)
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To: EGPWS

Take it out of the county administrators/commissioners pensions. Take all of it and then some.


12 posted on 11/25/2010 12:02:07 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: UCANSEE2

Run the numbers, do we know how many lawyers split the 15 million? While 250,000 detainees get their share of 40 million. $160.00 each. I think a few detainees are going to be extremely PO’d.


13 posted on 11/25/2010 12:05:31 PM PST by mazda77 (Mike Hogan - JAX Mayor)
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To: NoLibZone

[cue the music from the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas commercial]

The Cook County Jail. Just the right amount of wrong.

14 posted on 11/25/2010 12:16:05 PM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Secret Agent Man
Take it out of the county administrators/commissioners pensions. Take all of it and then some.

Exactly right - First, everyone from the top down should be fired that is assoicated with this jail and courthouse - Next, all pensions should be taken...and then all of this money needs to come OUT of an already existing budgets. Do with less until this is paid off.

15 posted on 11/25/2010 12:26:31 PM PST by SevenMinusOne
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To: NoLibZone
Obviously there's a difference between strip searching “the masses” while they're imprisoned and sexually humiliating “da man” in public. In prison, the individual has every right to demand that human dignity be paramount while in public da man deserves no respect and should be regularly reminded that human dignity isn't something to expect from representatives of the people. Those classified as being with “da man” have no grounds to expect that any humiliation or degradation is beyond the pale.

To ensure no one confuses members of one group with those of the other group, all those Holder specifies as being with “da man” are expected to wear white armbands with a big red target on them.

16 posted on 11/25/2010 12:32:24 PM PST by Rashputin (Barry is totally insane and being kept medicated and on golf courses to hide the fact)
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To: NoLibZone

And it is undoubtedly a FACT that most of the plaintiffs really are CRIMINALS!! Yet law abiding citizens are strip searched by TSA every day!! Criminals could make a real killing if they just invested in plane tickets rather than screwdrivers!


17 posted on 11/25/2010 1:34:02 PM PST by Oldpuppymax
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To: NoLibZone
The many lawyers in the case will get $15 million of the settlement money, Driscoll said. The rest will go into the fund to compensate former detainees

So thats 1/3rd, about 5 million, for the lawyers...all 3 or 4 of them.

And 10 million for 250 thousand people, which comes to 40 bucks per person.

18 posted on 11/25/2010 2:53:48 PM PST by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
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To: NoLibZone
Well, I can barely wait for the settlemt resulting from the TSA strip searches.

Just because Congress or an Executive Order declares a felony to be suddenly a harmless requirement, doesn't make it so.

Last I heard, the S8upreme Court of the land is the next to last final authority.

We, the people (the people who actually work, pay taxes and actually suppport the government,) get the final word.

19 posted on 11/25/2010 3:19:13 PM PST by Publius6961 ("In 1964 the War on Poverty Began --- Poverty won.")
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To: lowbridge
"So thats 1/3rd, about 5 million, for the lawyers...all 3 or 4 of them. And 10 million for 250 thousand people, which comes to 40 bucks per person."

The trial lawyers assn makes certain the DNC is well funded.

20 posted on 11/25/2010 3:29:31 PM PST by NoLibZone (Homosexuals oppose diversity.)
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To: NoLibZone

I see this happening at an airport, and I will body roll every TSA agent in sight, and face the consequences—somebody will lose a testicle.


21 posted on 11/25/2010 3:49:44 PM PST by richardtavor (One of the rare establishment Republicans backed by the "Tea Party" movement that wants limited gove)
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To: NoLibZone

Some government obviously hack screws up and flaunts the system and we taxpayers get stuck with bill. We need to start seeing these individuals fired and lose pensions. Then they’ll make decisions that make sense instead of being used as a power play.


22 posted on 11/25/2010 8:22:26 PM PST by apoliticalone
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To: StopMakingSense

Your first post on Free Republic.


24 posted on 11/27/2010 8:11:19 PM PST by NoLibZone (Homosexuals oppose diversity.)
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